I came across this article recently: http://www.soccernewsday.com/usa/a/106/merging-the-american-soccer-confederations-pt-2-solutions and although I don't agree with everything, there are some ideas that have merit. This one specifically got me thinking: I'm under no illusions that something like this would happen, just want to discuss the merits of such a realignment. To go along with the above confederation realignment, I would consider a FIFA World Cup consisting of 48 teams. Here is one way it could shape up: Current Format * 8 groups consisting of 4 teams each for the group stage * Each team plays 3 games in group stage * Top two teams from each group advance to elimination rounds * Total group stage games played = 8 groups * 6 games per group = 48 games Proposed Format * 16 groups consisting of 3 teams for the group stage * Each team plays 2 games in the group stage * Top two teams from each group advance to elimination rounds * Total group stage games played = 16 groups * 3 games per group = 48 games Proposed allocation per (new) confederation Going with the allocation percentage average for the last two WC plus Brazil 2014, I get this: * UEFA: 19 spots * CAF: 8 spots * Asia: 8 spots * Americas: 12 spots * Host country: automatic entrance Alongside such a realignment, I see great potential for a Copa America played by 16 or 24 countries from the new confederation. Anyway just some thoughts that would probably never come to fruition but are nice to think about anyways.